Key Senators negotiating aspects of the Finance Committee health care reform bill spoke to the media yesterday and gave further details on the still-unfinished legislation.  Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) gave further details on the bill’s “co-op” proposal, and although the media coverage focused mainly on the debate among Democrats (subscription) on whether a co-op could… Read more »

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) emerged from a bipartisan conference yesterday to confirm that the Senate Finance Committee negotiators will not include two major components of the Democratic health care plan in their bill: the creation of a government-run insurance company (“public plan”) nor a requirement that all employers provide their employees with health care coverage…. Read more »

In light of the economic downturn and its connection to the housing market, the high rate of foreclosures and other financial practices, the Obama administration proposed in June a new federal agency to regulate the consumer marketplace in a variety of areas.  As with any federal proposal, associations have weighed in on both sides. The… Read more »

At her press conference yesterday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters that she had enough votes to pass comprehensive health care reform.  That assertion has been called into question over continued negotiations between House leadership and the Blue Dog coalition, and now one of the newest health care compromises threatens to open… Read more »